Sunday, May 28, 2017
Face the Music is the fifth studio album by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO). It was released in September 1975 by United Artists Records and on 14 November 1975 in the United Kingdom by Jet Records. The album features a different line-up from their previous studio album Eldorado.
ELO's fifth studio LP was released in 1975 (see 1975 in music) and was their first to be recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich. A new line-up of the band was featured, with bassist Kelly Groucutt and cellist Melvyn Gale replacing Mike de Albuquerque and Mike Edwards respectively. New member Groucutt sang lead vocals on "Poker" and "Down Home Town" (while Lynne sang harmony) as well as one of the verses in "Nightrider". (Usually, Lynne sang all lead vocals.)
The back cover of the record sleeve shows the members of the band with their faces pressed against a glass panel, supposedly watching the "electrocution" depicted on the front cover. The band member who is looking away is Richard Tandy, who didn't like the idea and didn't want to participate. The back cover image was the inspiration for an advertising campaign for the 2004 horror comedy film Shaun of the Dead.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
Gregg Allman, the smoky-voiced B-3-playing Southern rock legend who soldiered on after his sibling’s motorcycle crash nearly derailed the Allman Brothers Band, has died. Allman battled sometimes unspecified health issues for several years, leading to a string of missed concert dates. He was 69.
The list of June 2017 new music releases includes a few notable returns to glory, some terrific live sets and a group of very tasty reissues.
Read More of Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: June 2017 New Music Releases
Friday, May 26, 2017
Phish Inc.‘s Julia Mordaunt has compiled a new playlist of music that has comprised the walk-in, setbreak and walk-out music from Phish shows since the band returned from hiatus in 2009...
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Queen singer Freddie Mercury was fiercely protective of his privacy, and he continued to guard it jealously even as his health succumbed to the ravages of AIDS — but as guitarist Brian May recently revealed, Mercury’s bandmates were privileged with glimpses of their frontman’s grueling final struggle.
Read More of Jeff Giles' article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Brian May Reveals New Details of Freddie Mercury's Final Days
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
U2 kept their Joshua Tree tour going at Pasadena, CA’s Rose Bowl on Saturday night for the first of two shows at the venue. The band continued their run of shows celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal 1987 album of the same name and added a couple of tribute to late Chris Cornell in the process.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
In the aftermath of the carnage at Ariana Grande‘s Manchester concert last night — during which more than 20 people were killed in a terrorist attack — some of rock’s most widely respected artists have taken to social media to share their stunned responses to the news.
Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 22 Dead in Manchester Concert Terror Attack: Rockers React
In a new interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Sammy Hagar addresses the possibility of reuniting with Van Halen at some point..
Monday, May 22, 2017
Glenn Frey‘s son Deacon is apparently joining the Eagles when they play the Classic East and Classic West music festivals this summer.
Read More of Michael Gallucci's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Glenn Frey's Son to Join the Eagles
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Killing Me Softly is a studio album by American singer-songwriter Roberta Flack, released on August 1, 1973, by Atlantic Records. She recorded the album with producer Joel Dorn for 18 months.
Killing Me Softly reached number three on the Billboard Top LPs & Tape and number two on the Soul LPs chart. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album gold on August 27, 1973, and double platinum on January 30, 2006, denoting shipments of two million copies in the United States. It was nominated for a Grammy Award for Album of the Year, which it lost to Stevie Wonder's 1973 album Innervisions. The album's title track was released as a single and topped the Billboard Hot 100. It won the 1974 Grammy Award for Record of the Year.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
A police report from the death of Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell provides some details about the last 90 minutes of his life. The report appears to back up, in part, what his widow, Vicky, said this morning about the role that the prescription drug Ativan may have played in Cornell’s decision to take his own life.
Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Chris Cornell's Police Report Reveals Full Timeline for Singer’s Death
Friday, May 19, 2017
Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose was a special guest at Billy Joel‘s Dodger Stadium concert in Los Angeles over the weekend, singing AC/DC‘s “Highway to Hell” and Joel’s own “Big Shot.”
Read More of Matthew Wilkening's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Watch Axl Rose Join Billy Joel for 'Highway to Hell' and 'Big Shot' at Dodger Stadium
Thursday, May 18, 2017
U2 continued their recently launched Joshua Tree tour on Sunday at Seattle’s Centurylink Field, and the arena rockers ended up welcoming local hero Eddie Vedder to the stage, along with the members of opening band Mumford & Sons.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
It’s difficult to overestimate the importance of Are You Experienced in rock history. The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s debut album was a game-changer for rock guitarists, a mind-mending collection of songs and sounds, a sonic embodiment of psychedelic 1967 and the Summer of Love. Today we’re delving into 25 Manic and Mind-Blowing Are You Experienced Facts
Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 25 Manic and Mind-Blowing ‘Are You Experienced’ Facts
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Wilco released their new two-song addition to the Spotify Singles series last week, including a cover of Elvis Costello’s “What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding.”
Monday, May 15, 2017
Following in the footsteps of the Grateful Dead, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, the Beatles are getting their own SiriusXM channel.
Read More of Michael Galluchi's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 'Beatles Channel' Coming to SiriusXM
Sunday, May 14, 2017
High 'n' Dry is the second studio album by the English rock band Def Leppard, released on July 11, 1981. High 'n' Dry was Pete Willis' last full-time album with Def Leppard. It charted at No. 38 on the Billboard 200 and No. 26 on the UK Albums Chart. "High 'n' Dry (Saturday Night)", ranked No. 33 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs. Following the success of Pyromania, the album re-entered in the US chart and reached No. 72 in 1983.
High 'n' Dry was reissued on 31 May 1984 with two bonus tracks:
- "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" (Remix), essentially the same recording with a few synthesiser overdubs. The remix was released in 1984 as a single, peaking at No. 61 in the US charts.
- "Me & My Wine" (Remix), a remixed version of a 1981 B-side.
Videos for both were made, featuring Phil Collen (who was not in the band at the time of the album's recording). Both bonus tracks were omitted from the mid-1990s re-releases of the album.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
There was a time when Iron Maiden‘s “Trooper” was just a killer song. Then it became a drink, joining a series of rock-star beer, wine and booze brands. Click through the above gallery for a look back at some of the best.
Read More @ Ultimate Classic Rock: 60 Rock Star Beer, Wine and Booze Brands
Friday, May 12, 2017
Monday marked the 40th anniversary of the Grateful Dead’s legendary performance at Cornell University’s Barton Hall on May 8, 1977, and Dead drummer Mickey Hart shared a comprehensive collection of archival photos and links on his website to celebrate the occasion.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
A cryptic message on Robert Plant‘s website has resulted in the latest batch of Led Zeppelin reunion rumors. The latest has them playing the 2017 installment of Desert Trip, the classic rock-focused weekend festival. It must be noted that this is coming from someone citing anonymous “well-placed sources.” Until there is more chatter, as there was in the run-up to last year’s Guns N’ Roses‘ reunion announcement, these rumors should be treated with no small degree of skepticism.
Read More of Dave Lifton's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Robert Plant Website Message Prompts New Round of Led Zeppelin Reunion Rumors
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Once again, the Eagles are going to court over what they are saying is an infringement upon their trademarks. They’ve filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court against the Todos Santos hotel in Baja California Sur, Mexico, whom they claim are billing the property as the “Hotel California” without permission from the band.
Monday, May 8, 2017
Sunday, May 7, 2017
No Quarter is a live album by Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, both formerly of English rock band Led Zeppelin. It was released by Atlantic Records on 14 October 1994. The long-awaited reunion between Jimmy Page and Robert Plant occurred on a 90-minute "UnLedded" MTV project, recorded in Morocco, Wales, and London. It was not a reunion of Led Zeppelin, however, as former bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones was not present. In fact, Jones was not even told about the reunion by his former bandmates. He later commented that he was unhappy about Plant and Page naming the album after "No Quarter", a Led Zeppelin song which was largely his work.
In addition to acoustic numbers, the album features a reworking of Led Zeppelin classics featuring a Moroccan string band and Egyptian orchestra supplementing a core group of rock and roll musicians, along with four Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced songs: "City Don't Cry", "Yallah" (or "The Truth Explodes"), "Wonderful One", and "Wah Wah".
The album was #4 on debut on the Billboard's Pop Albums chart.
Several years later, Plant reflected on the collaboration very positively:
The will and the eagerness with Unledded were fantastic and [Page] was really creative. Jimmy and I went in a room and it was back. His riffs were spectacular. To take it as far as we did, and the tour we did – it's one of the most ambitious and mind altering experiences.
Saturday, May 6, 2017
Members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Soulive and More Join Gov’t Mule in New Orleans (jambands.com)
Gov’t Mule brought their tour to the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans last weekend as the festivities for this year’s Jazz Fest kicked off around the city. The show, which featured support from Soulive, saw the headlining band welcome several guests throughout, including members of the opening band and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, among others
Friday, May 5, 2017
Jason Isbell will continue to tour around his new album The Nashville Sound with the 400 Unit this month and the band has already made more plans for more shows later this year.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Michael McDonald will release his first solo LP of original material in 17 years as the follow-up to 2000’s Blue Obsession arrives on September 15 in the form of Wide Open.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The Beatles‘ 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band tops our list of May 2017 new music releases – but that expanded set is just the beginning of the month’s great sounds.
Read Nick DeRiso's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: May 2017 New Music Releases
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
moe. Welcome Members of Turkuaz for Covers of Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, The Band and More (jambands.com)
moe. opened up their two-night run at The Civic Theatre in New Orleans with special guests Turkuaz, and the band’s ended up closing the show with an extended collaboration that spanned several songs and featured multiple covers.
Monday, May 1, 2017
Genesis could have something special in the works for the band’s 50th anniversary.
Read More Jeff Giles's article @ Ultimate Classic Rock: Are Genesis Planning a 50th Anniversary Reunion?